Israel has been at the forefront of trance, techno, and psychedelic trance since the 90s, and now has some of the best festivals in the world. The scene is dominated by a few production companies putting on events throughout the year:
- Groove Attack – their main festival is Neverland, but they put on several other festivals big festivals like Aliens Attack (in May), Heatwave (in August), and the TIP Festival (at Purim).
- U.N.I.T.Y. – organisers of the Rising Spirit Festival, The Trilogy Festival, and several others.
- Doof (and Paganka) – Doof is one of the leading trance music labels, and every year they put on the huge Doof Festival.
- Klika of Happiness – Tel Aviv crew who put on big parties in clubs and organise festivals all year.
- E-Boded – from humble beginnings as organisers of rooftop parties, E-Boded now throws some of Tel Aviv’s biggest parties, plus their new Desert Weekender twice a year.
This is a summary of the main trance and techno festivals. For a more complete list of music festivals, check our guide!
April – Doof Festival
Trance Music | 3 days with Camping | Kinneret | April
The Summer Begins Here! Doof is one of Israel’s largest trance music labels. Every year, on the shore of the beautiful Kinneret, they host over 50 top Israeli and Internationals DJs for a non-stop 72-hour music festival. Bring your tent, be prepared to a little rain (2015 was famous for the mud-madness), and get ready to party with beautiful psychedelic people from all over Israel and the world! While The Doof Festival is the big one, Doof and their partner the Paganka crew host parties throughout the year, check their Facebook page for updates.
Rosh Hashana (September) – U.N.I.T.Y. Rising Spirit Festival
House, Techno & Electronic Music | 30 hours with Camping | Kinneret | Rosh Hashanah
Get ready for 30 hours of house, techno and electronic music at Luna Gal water park on the banks of the Kinneret in Northern Israel. A new addition to the Festival scene, the Unity Rising Spirit Festival was founded in 2014 and plans to be an annual event around Rosh Hashanah time. The festival brings in over 30 top DJs from Israel and abroad, and there is space for people to pitch up tents. 21+.
Succot (October) – Neverland International Electronic Music Festival
Electronic Music | 24-hours with Camping | Jordan River, North Israel | Succot (plus other festivals throughout the year)
A massive 24-hour non-stop electronic music festival, Neverland is Groove Attack’s premier annual festival. Founded in 2011, the event is spread across three dance floors featuring top DJs from Israel and abroad. The festival is held on the banks of the Jordan River is North Israel, with camping and entrance for 23+. Groove Attack has several other festivals throughout the year, for example Aliens Attack (in May), Heatwave (in August), and the TIP Festival (at Purim).
October – Minus 424 Dead Sea Rave
Electronic Music | 12 hours | Massada | October/ November
A huge 12-hour rave from sunrise to sunset with the most advanced sound and lighting equipment in the world, a massive stage, and awe-inspiring pyrotechnics… and some of the top Electronic DJs in the World! Almost 40,000 ravers amass on the lowest point on the earth at Massada, 424 meters below sea-level, to party non-stop from sunset to sunrise! Launched in 2013 with David Guetta, 2014 was headlined by Paul Oakenfeld, and 2015 is headlined by US DJ Skrillex.